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Old 12-10-2012, 05:55 PM
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I did a search but didn't see anything on this. I have looked at the available skid plates and it looks like they my have the potential to block air flow to the oil cooler. Has anyone had a problem with this?
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:21 PM
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I have a skid plate, and have never seen a problem with the engine overheating, even in Death Valley at 120 deg.

At that temp, I can't say the same about the rider...


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Every skid plate I am familiar with has adequate ventilation. I have never had problems with overheating with my SW Motech plate in place. I've had other problems with it, but nothing involving overheating.
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short answer? of course it will. it's in front of the engine.

long answer? read previous replies.
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I have the Enduro Guardian, my friend also has one on his 2005. We never saw any issue with overheating on our week long trip this summer. It was often over 90 degrees. I think its a non-issue.
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I also have the enduro guardian skid plate. No problems here. Sometimes I wonder if the engine is running even a little on the cool side, especialy now that the summer is over.
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the potential to block air flow to the oil cooler. Has anyone had a problem with this?
That would be indicated by the oil failure idiot light coming on or by engine destruction. Neither has been reported. In hot weather (above 90° or so) I'd use 20W-50 or 15W-50 oil, not xW-40. The oil viscosity we want is the viscosity at the operating temperature of the oil. Hot air will result in hotter, thinner oil, so a heavier oil is good.
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I have a SW Motech skid plate on my Wee, and I live in California's central valley. No overheating on 100º plus days at all. 3 bars, winter or summer.
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It likely will. That's why most skid plates have holes in them to allow air to get through to the oil cooler.
However, as was said, it seems to have not been an issue temp-wise.
It is not even a potential issue on the 2012 as the oil is cooled by water, not air.
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If there was ever a bike with more-than-adequate cooling this is it. In fact, it has the same size radiator as a GV1200 V-4 hot rod I owned before. I can't get the Wee above three bars no matter where or how I ride. With a previous air/oil cooled BMW R1150GS I would sometimes have to kill the engine when sitting in traffic when the gauge crept up to the top.

Slap on any guards or shields you want; as long as the radiator sees light you will not have a problem.
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